For the Games of - 08/28/06
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
Standings- Pacific Coast League, American North Division - 3rd place, 19 GB
Results: LOST - Round Rock soundly defeated the Memphis Redbirds Monday, by a score of 9-3. Memphis starter Dennis Tankersley suffered his 15th loss of the season, giving up six runs on six hits in just five innings. Tankersley record stands at 4-15 with a 4.41 ERA.
Notes: PCL Co-Player of the Week - The PCL's weekly award-winners were announced today as Michael Restovich of the Iowa Cubs and Anthony Reyes of the Memphis Redbirds for their performances during the period spanning from August 21-28.
Reyes stretched his consecutive wins streak in the PCL to five games during the past week, picking up victories against the Round Rock Express on August 22nd and the Nashville Sounds on August 27th.
During this stretch, the 24-year old righthander tallied 17 strikeouts compared to just three walks, and surrendered nine hits. A native of Downy, Calif., Reyes improved to 6-and-1 on the season with a 2.57 earned run average and 82 strikeouts.
Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)
Record - 23-41(39-29, 1st half)
Standings - Texas League, East Division - 4th place, 15.5 GB
Results: LOST - It took 11 innings but the Wichita Wranglers defeated the Springfield Cardinals 7-4 Monday as the Cardinals lose their 41st game in the second half of the season.
It was another quality start by Blake Hawksworth who pitched six good innings, giving up only three earned runs, but he did not figure into the decision again.
Springfield reliever, Cory Doyne pitched 2.2 innings in relief, giving up three earned runs to see his record fall to 1-7 for the season.
Notes: Going into Monday's game, Hawksworth had allowed a total of four runs over his past four starts and no more than two runs in any of those starts. He is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in the month of August. In his last start (8/23), Hawksworth allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision at Tulsa. Hawksworth went 7-2 with an ERA of 2.47 in 14 games for Palm Beach before being promoted to Springfield.
For the second straight year, the Cardinals will not be making a Texas League post-season appearance, with last night's loss to Wichita making it official. Tale of Two Cities, only one win shy of winning the first half, Springfield has gone 23-40 in the second half, bringing their overall record to seven games under .500 at 62-69. The Cards begin their 2007 playoff hunt on April 5, 2007 on the road at Midland.
Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A)
Record - 33-26(39-31, 1st half)
Standings - Florida State League, East Division - First Place
Results: GAME 1 - WON - The Cardinals defeated the St. Lucie Mets Monday night, 6-2.
Mitchell Boggs picked up his 10th win of the season, improving to 10-6 with an impressive 3.39 ERA. The starter allowed just one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over five innings.
Joe Mather drove in four runs as visiting Palm Beach beat St. Lucie, 6-2, in the opener of Monday's doubleheader.
Mather erased a 1-0 deficit with a two-run single in the fourth inning and added a two-run double in the sixth as the Cardinals (32-26) completed their first game since Aug. 21 due to a series of rainouts.
Sean Danielson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Matt Dryer added two hits and two runs scored for Palm Beach, which moved into a second-place tie with the Mets (34-28) in the Florida State League East Division. Both teams trail first-place Daytona by one game.
Game 2 - WON - The Cardinals defeated the St. Lucie Mets for the second time Monday, sweeping the double-header with a 4-1 victory over the junior Mets.
Notes: Palm Beach Cardinals' closer, Michael Sillman recorded his 33rd save of the season, with 1.1 inning of scoreless relief in the second game of the double-header on Monday.
Swing of Quad Cities (Low-A)
Record - 37-24(34-34, 1st half)
Standings - Midwest League, West Division - First Place
Results: For the second time in three days the Swing of the Quad Cities
have been rained out, forcing the opener of their home series with the Kane
County Cougars to be pushed back until Tuesday.
The top two teams in the Midwest League's Western Division will meet for a doubleheader with a first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. The twin bill will consist of two seven-inning games, and will feature post-game fireworks courtesy of Credit Union For Kids Night in association with the Children's Miracle Network.
Notes: Quad Cities swept a doubleheader over Peoria on Sunday, in the process clinching a spot in the Midwest League playoffs while jumping a half-game ahead of Kane County for first place in the Western Division. The Swing have pulled off three doubleheader sweeps this season, and are 10-6 in doubleheader games overall while boasting an 8-4 mark in such games at home.
C Bryan Anderson had a big night on Friday, going 3-for-5 with his third home run of the season and two RBI. The 19-year-old backstop extended his hitting streak to eight games in the process—his longest such streak since turning pro, and one that has seen him hit .406 (13-32). The California native was also named to the Midwest League's Post-Season All-Star Team on Thursday, thanks in part to the fact that he has spent all but two of the 139 days since the season began hitting above .300. He was joined on the All-Star squad by DH Randy Roth, who was leading the league in home runs (18) and hits (118) at the time of his July 24 promotion to Palm Beach.
THE SWING ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS!!! It's official - the Swing of the Quad Cities have punched their ticket to the Midwest League Playoffs after winning both games of a doubleheader against Peoria on Sunday! Quad Cities will wrap up their regular season schedule at home on Monday, September 4. Playoff tickets are now on sale for the Wednesday, Sept. 6 contest as Quad Cities will host game one of the playoffs' opening round in a 6:30 p.m. contest. Ticket prices will remain the same as regular season ticket prices; $9 for box seats, $7 for general admission and $6 for children and seniors. For ticket information please contact the Swing Box Office at (563) 328-2000.
State College Spikes (SS-A)
Record - 32-31
Standings -New York Penn League, Pinckney Division - 2nd place, 1 GB
Results: Game One - LOST - The State College Spikes fell in the first game of Monday's twin bill by the score of 8-7 in extra innings. The Spikes blew a 7-3 lead heading into the sixth, and lost a heart breaker on a wild pitch in the eighth. Steve Gonzalez paced the Spikes offense, going 2-for-4 with four RBI including his first home run of the season. Brad Furnish made the start for State College but received a no decision after allowing five runs, three of which were earned on three hits over his 5.1 innings of work.
Game Two - CALLED - The evening game was called with the Spikes lead 7-1 in the bottom of the second. When and if the game resumes is yet to be determined by the New York-Penn League office.
Notes: The Spikes went 4-3 this week, improving to 33-30 this year and pulling within a half game of the Pinckney Division lead. But only one game separates the three top teams in the division. Auburn is hot on the Spikes' tails, trailing by only a half game. The Spikes split four games against Auburn this past week.
The State College Spikes come into Tuesday's game neck-and-neck with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the race for the Pinckney Division crown.
With the Appalachian League season coming to a close, there are several players who could join the Spikes roster down the home stretch of the season. The Johnson City Cardinals have several players who could make an impact including Brandon Buckman, Isaias Garcia, Mark Shorey and Tyler Herron.
Buckman was a former college teammate of Luke Gorsett at the University of Nebraska and lead the Cardinals with a .305 batting average, 8 home runs and 35 RBI while playing a solid first base.
Garcia lead the Appy League with his .339 batting average, while Shorey lead the league with 13 home runs and 45 RBI.
Herron was the Cardinals' first round selection in the 2005 MLB Draft and has gone 5-1 in his last six starts. The hard-throwing right hander has allowed 11 runs over his last 31.1 innings, including a scoreless streak that reached nearly 16 innings. In 69.2 innings, the former high-school All-America has struck out 54.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)
Standings -Appalachian League, West Division - 4th place, 9.0 GB
Results: Lost - You would think if you scored nine runs in a game you would win, not the case, Bluefield defeated Johnson City Monday 11-9. Both team had 13 hits and made three errors.
Twenty runs scored and only one home run was hit in the small ball slugfest. Johnson City's Christian Reyes hit his seventh homer of the season to drive in three runs for the Cardinals in the bottom of the fifth.
Notes: The Cardinals were hoping that they would pick up a win on Monday to improve to .500 (33-33).